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An Energy Drinks Roundup?

Cliff posted more than 8 years ago | from the gets-you-going dept.

Biotech 268

NecroWraith asks: "Ok, I'm sure most folks on Slashdot have something they eat or drink that helps you stay awake far beyond what your body wants you to for, whatever reason: late night gaming sessions; late nights at work; or late nights in the pub. The big one now is energy drinks. I swear I see a new one on the shelf every week. Rockstar, Red Bull, Monster, Hansen's, Jolt, Red Jak, Lost, Sobe, Bawls, Amp, MDX, the list goes on. So, what have you tried, and what do you like? What tastes best? What works best? Which one is the best deal?"

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No More Sugar! (5, Insightful)

TheOtherAgentM (700696) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608946)

I don't know if I'm the only one, who thinks like this, but I think a lot of computer jockeys, including myself are fat enough from sitting in front of a computer without needing a drink full of sugar. I just started going to the gym about two months ago, and that gives me more energy than those drinks.

Re:No More Sugar! (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609169)

Jolt Ultra is going to be my new caffinated drink if I go diabetic for exactly this reason (All the caffine, NONE of the sugar, it's made with splenda).

Re:No More Sugar! (1)

EasyComputer (797633) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609179)

Energy drinks create a response in your nervous system that mimics the natural stress response.

Say for example some guy runs at you with a knife and you get scared the effect on your nervous system is the same as drinking coffee. When people drink coffee who don't normally do so they might feel nervous or on edge because their body has not toned down its response.

Imagine running around in a war zone with danger all around, the effect on the body and mind would be similar (but not exactly the same, so please don't yell at me for comparing war to drinking coffee. I know war veterans are heroes and we shouldn't demean blah blah blah). So as I was saying, the effects on the body of constant stress found in war are similar to our drinking the 5-6 cups of coffee we're used to.

Re:No More Sugar! (1)

Yocto Yotta (840665) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609284)

I put down an 8-cup pot and a 16 oz. cup from JitB every morning . . . I was wondering why the guy stabbing me repeatedly yesterday didn't do much to phase me. I should go to war!

Re:No More Sugar! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609427)

Well actually that's why the US govt has been pushing these big coffee companies. Do you know that Juan Valdez, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts get huge tax breaks (If you don't believe me Google: Starbucks conspiracy BS) The US wants to create an entire nation of citizens who are able to withstand prolonged periods with high levels of stress. Coffee was the perfect match. Get the people addicted, then make good coffee illegal except for Govt officers ala 1984. Then you have a huge army of Super Soldiers who are not fazed when faced with trouble. They are now in stage two of the plan. Charge $10 for a cup of coffee so only the rich can afford it and the poor have to join the army to get their caffeine fix.

Man that even convinced me and I know its made up!

Re:No More Sugar! (1)

Like2Byte (542992) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609225)

Red Bull has an energy that has zero sugar. I like the way it tastes better than the sugar'd variety.

I only drink it in the summer time when I ride my bike, so my results are skewed. :)

Re:No More Sugar! (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609661)

Hanson Monstger Lo-Carb is along these lines too.

Think of your heart/etc too (3, Informative)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609264)

You can't take time from your sleep, you can only borrow it. You will make up for it sooner or later whether it be in a few days, or a few years. Your body will start deteriorating as you get more and more reliant on these stimulants to keep yourself awake. The best bet is to do what the parent says, and get off your ass.

Ob "Roadhouse" quote (1)

ePhil_One (634771) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609517)

I'll get all the sleep I need when I'm dead

Re:No More Sugar! (1)

toleraen (831634) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609311)

Well then I have the solution for you! Water Joe [] is nothing but caffeine and filtered water.

Feel the vibe baby (1)

man_of_mr_e (217855) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609322)

Instead of caffein, I prefer nutritional supplements that give you energy without the jitters.

One of my favorites is Vibe []

Seriously, this stuff gets sucked into your bloodstream almost instantly and gives you a rush for hours, without ephedrine, caffein, or any other stimulants... it's freakin amazing...

Re:Feel the vibe baby (2, Informative)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609525)

It's well hidden, but Vibe contains Green Tea Extract which contains caffine. But with all the other antioxidants, vitamins, and natural frutcose this drink gives you, I can certainly understand that the jitter effect is either muted or non-existant.....

Three Ingredients To Your Taste (1)

Quirk (36086) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608950)

1. Caffeine

2. Sugar

3. Water

Monster (1)

Eightyford (893696) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608972)

Monster energy drink is my favorite of the bunch. I just wish I could find a chep source of them.

Re:Monster (1)

shadowzero313 (827228) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609085)

Agreed. The new flavor, Khaos, is probably the best tasting energy drink I've consumed.

Re:Monster (1)

EnderWiggnz (39214) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609132)

i've had good luck with Full Throttle, i just picked up a case at Costco for $20.

tastes like strong mt. dew.

Re:Monster (1)

bullterror (412884) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609397)

Costco has cases of Monster green and blue at somewhat more reasonable prices. Still not cheap by any means but the cheapest place I've found.

Re:Monster (1)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609621)

Surely ye jest. Monster tastes like melted ass. It works if you need a shot in the arm to keep you awake, but I would never drink that shit unless I really needed it. I prefer Amp, the concentrated Mountain Dew sludge, but Monster is more readily available. Sad.

In the UK (2, Informative)

MentalMooMan (785571) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608974)

Well, I don't know about the US, but in the UK, I've tried 3 types.

Red Bull - Way too expensive, certainly not worth the price, especially with all the alternatives available.

Blue Bear - It used to be great. You could get it in 1.5 Litre bottles for £1.50 or something like that. It is sold in Spar, but they've discontinued the large bottles now, so you have to get the measly 250ml cans.

Kick - This one's from Tesco. Well worth it. My friend once bought 10 bottles (1 litre each) at 50p each (I think there was an offer on - they're usually £1 each) for a small LAN party I was hosting. Certainly did the job well, and at a great low price.

I can't really say anything about the taste, as they're all about the same to me - a sort of fruity, fizzy flavour.

My favorite.. (2, Interesting)

burgeswe (873550) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608983)

is BAWLS [] . It's fruity and delecious, for all your late nite computing needs However, in a pinch, you can't beat good old coffee, and a snack of choco-covered coffee beans.

Not at work... (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609023)

I can't have that at work because I don't need others commenting on my blue bawls.

The Bull (1)

Belseth (835595) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608995)

Red Bull is my regular drink. I actually use the alias "Redt Toro" when I take an editing credit. When I was in New Zealand they had a drink called "V" that actually tasted good that worked as well as Red Bull. Kind of a light citrus taste. Red Bull doesn't taste the greatest but it works. The sugar free Red Bull is pretty disgusting though. Wish they sold V in this country.

H2O (4, Interesting)

chrismcdirty (677039) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608999)

Water. And lots of it. I stay awake late nights by giving myself mini workout sessions in during load times or when my brain is feeling stressed from programming. The water keeps me feeling fresh.

It's also required that I walk back and forth to the bathroom multiple times during the course of a night.

Re:H2O (1)

Procrastin8er (791570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609054)

I agree, good old H20 is the best. Hmmm I am also plagued by these frequent trips to the bathroom.

Re:H2O (3, Interesting)

misleb (129952) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609239)

No kidding. I used to get real tired in the evening while driving. So tired that I would zone out and nearly fall asleep at the wheel. What's wierd is that I am find before and after getting in the car. It is just cars that make me sleepy. I tried coffee (i'm still sensitive to caffiene) and ephedrine. Nothing seemed to work very well. I would still space out. Then I discovered that all I needed was proper hydration. A bottle of water or sports drink (not energy drink) and I was good to go.

If hydration is the problem, caffeine can actually make the problem worse because it is a diuretic. I advise anyone who is having energy or concentration problems to try drinking more water and do some stretching.


Re:H2O (1)

Kesch (943326) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609247)

I agree on the water part. Even better, hold off on the trip to the bathroom for a little bit. I promise you will stay awake =)

Re:H2O (1)

ender_the_hegamon (214123) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609294)

Seconded. I've cut the caffeine almost entirely out of my life as part of a plan to cut the fat, based mostly on the hacker's diet. Now I think clearly whenever I'm awake, have no more headaches on days when I don't consume Mountain Dew, and have no fears of becoming diebetic or developing cancer (from "sugar free" drinks made with aspartme or sucralose). Cutting the sodas and energy drink certainly worked, too -- I dropped 40 lbs in 5 months, back to a healthy weight range.

Late night study sessions actually are more productive now, too, since there is no caffeine interfering with my thinking process or making me jittery.

Re:H2O (1)

nother_nix_hacker (596961) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609313)

I stay awake late nights by giving myself mini workout sessions


Re:H2O (1)

hamburger lady (218108) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609628)

during load times, yet

My forumula (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609001)

My steps for success:

1) Coffee
2) Code (while sipping coffee)
3) Coffee
4) Coffee (thinking about code)
5) Code
6) ???
7) Profit!!

No wonder I'm not yet independantly wealthy...

Your missing step (1)

scolby (838499) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609027)

6) Bathroom break You'll need it after all that coffee.

My Favorite - SOBE No Fear (1)

63N1U5 (840190) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609014)

If I drink any energy drinks, I go for Sobe every time. They beat most everything I have tried for taste, plus they come from a company that specializes in beverages based on natural ingredients. Most of their energy offerings include a full RDA of vitamin C and B complexes on top of the usual stimulants.
Drinks like Red Bull and MDX are mostly just pure sugar and caffiene. I can get that from coffee. And Rockstar tastes like carbonated cough syrup (although there may be some who like to guzzle the Robutussin DM).

Re:My Favorite - SOBE No Fear (1)

xsonofagunx (902794) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609266)

absolutely the best

It works very well, and has a different flavor than most energy drinks. Sort of grapefruity, at the very least grapey (it does have grape seed extract in it...). SoBe No Fear is definitely my favorite.

Oh, and MDX pisses me off, because they keep advertising "Drinks like a soda, kicks like an energy drink" - but it's got nothing in it but caffeine. No vitamins, no guarana/ginseng, taurine, creatine - anything. There's nothing in it to make it any different from any normal soda.

"MDX - Drinks like a soda, because it is one."

Re:My Favorite - SOBE No Fear (1)

CoderBob (858156) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609671)

No Fear can also be mixed with 151 for a damn near acid-trip experience if consumed in a great enough quantity. On the plus side, it tends to taste like peach schnapps...on the downside, that means you drink a lot more of it than you probably should.

Re:My Favorite - SOBE No Fear (2, Informative)

merlin_jim (302773) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609330)

Just a quick note: Robitussin DM contains guaifenesin, which can cause nausea and vomitting. It's there so you can't guzzle it - the DXM is a strong dissociative / hallucinatory taken in doses larger than .5 mg / kg... and becomes lethal around 25 mg / kg - the idea is to make anyone who tries to get high off cough syrup just vomit it all back up. [Disclaimer: There's no good LD50 information about DXM. Apparently one girl took a dose of about 3 g and died. Apparently an equivalent (per weight) dose used to be given to sick children (with respiratory support) with bronchitis or other chest problems. If I were a user I'd keep myself under 5 mg / kg and then only to infrequent use]

So unless your goal is to have a psychedlic experience, probably best to stay away from guzzling cough syrup to stay awake.

For those that care, there is a pretty easy extraction involving Robitussin DM, ammonia, citric acid, and one other ingredient (I forget what it is - but remember that it could certainly be purchased at any corner pharmacy) Or just get the robitussin gelcaps that have nothing but DXM in them...

Back on topic... robitussin in large enough doses would be a great way to stay awake - it acts as a mild stimulant - but I doubt you'd get any coding done hahaha

Re:My Favorite - SOBE No Fear (1)

Datoyminaytah (550912) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609337)

I second that Rockstar tastes like cough syrup. Bleh!

My secret energy drink (1)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609022)

Fiji Water -- get it cheap at Trader Joe's. The stuff tastes amazing, and it energizes me every time I drink it.

Half hour of strenuous working out helps, too, of course.

If you haven't tried Fiji, though, get some today. It is the only bottled water I buy, and it is the tastiest I've ever had. Water + body fat = energy waiting to be taken advantage of.

Coffee, maybe. (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609025)

Ok, I'm sure most folks on Slashdot have something they eat or drink that helps you stay awake far beyond what your body wants you to for, whatever reason:
Maybe coffee, maybe some hot tea... But usually just concentration. Only young whippersnappers used to constantly reaching for a drug to solve whatever ails them need these drinks.

Re:Coffee, maybe. (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609228)

I tend to like the black teas (Earl Grey is nice), but I find that coffee and most energy drinks have too sharp a spike in the energy rush/crash cycle to be worth anything for marathon sessions.

That said, rockstar and wired are my choices for twitch gaming sessions.


None of them (4, Insightful)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609029)


Take your vitamins.

Stick with coffee and drink it in moderation (1-2 cups per day).

Drink water when not drinking coffee.

We computer people already spend hours sitting relatively motionless at our desks. Adding calorie intensive drinks to that habit isn't the smartest thing to do.

Re:None of them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609076)

And for the rest of us that feel like shit and go straight to sleep after exercising, caffeine caffeine caffeine caffeine caffiene ;)

Re:None of them (5, Funny)

Evangelion (2145) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609181)

Stick with coffee ... (1-2 cups per day).

I think I'm going to need a bigger cup.

Re:None of them (3, Interesting)

level_headed_midwest (888889) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609457)

We computer people already spend hours sitting relatively motionless at our desks.

That's why you feel so sleepy and sluggish. You need to get up and around to get the blood flowing every once in a while. It is very hard being a desk jockey. I always make a point to keep the temperature cool (67 degrees) if I can and always have a jug of plain water nearby. The cool temps plus the water makes for a full bladder and that entices me to get up periodically. I also exercise quite a bit and after a while of doing it, you get more energy all the time. I do my running and weightlifting in the evening so that I am not tired during the day as exercise does wear you out after you do it.

I drink Google Gulp (5, Funny)

okmnji (791276) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609043)

You only wish you had some of this... []

Re:I drink Google Gulp (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609200)

Cute, hadn't seen that before.

Scary to think that it will probably be a practical product in 30 years.

Bawls Guarana (2, Interesting)

GuanoBoy (196948) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609044)

Definitely Bawls [] ...

It tastes good, comes in a pretty, decorative blue bottle, and the name can inspire an endless stream of juvenile humor.

Plus, mixed with orange juice, tastes just like a mimosa.

I have NO idea if it actually "works."

Re:Bawls Guarana (1)

MentalMooMan (785571) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609333)

I really want to try some bawls, but it's not available in the UK.
I think it would be very profitable to set up a small company to import and sell bottles in england. With a reputation like it has, there must be a huge demand for it over here.

The best deal (2, Interesting)

mnmn (145599) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609055)

The best deal is red rain/rave. It goes awesome with vodka. Its well less than $1 CDN per can. Give it a shot. Doesnt taste as well as red bull but the caffine is there. What the heck...

None (4, Interesting)

TheWanderingHermit (513872) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609057)

I stopped taking all medications and all caffeine a few years ago. I find that I have more energy now and generally feel better than I used to. I will now take aspirin and if I were in need of medication for a serious issue, I'd take it, but I found that once I gave my body time to get used to healing itself for most things, I felt better. For example, I had problems with back pain and congestion/allergies and a runny nose. I found I adapted and was more likely to keep moving in spite of back pain when I stopped taking meds. I also found it was possible to focus and mentally relax many of the needed muscles and "release" the pain.

As for the sinus problems, when I went off meds, I had the "usual" problems a few weeks later, and just gave myself more time to rest. It took a few days, but then I felt fine. About a month later, I had sinus problems again, but they went away faster this time. That happened two or three more times, each time effecting me less and less and lasting less and less. My body had seemingly become conditioned to receiving meds to heal and soon learned to work the natural way. I started feeling better overall and found I had much more energy.

So I'd say my answer is what you don't want to hear: balanced diet and exercise, don't spend all your time in front of the computer (or only at the computer then the pub!), and don't continually push your body beyond what it tells you it can handle. If you do that, then when it comes time for those 48 hour coding sessions, you'll do fine and probably have more energy than most of your co-workers. You can be dependent on energy drinks and such or dependent on good health. I've picked the the latter. I'm not saying you should or have to, but I've found it is easier and works better all around.

Re:None (2, Informative)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609523)

I'm usually wary of people who don't trust doctors or medicines or seem a bit "New Agey" -- which I thought was where your post was heading. But what you say certainly makes sense. As much as I hate referencing Flavor-of-the-Month self-help guides, I did read a passage in one that was very revealing.

It basically broke down tasks like this: A task is either important or not important. Then, a task is also either urgent or not urgent. Things like taking care of your health are not urgent (until it's too late) and are also important. But it is unlikely for anyone to do anything about it because health and your physical, mental, and social condition is determined usually over a span of decades. So people spend more time on things that are urgent, regardless of whether they are important (paying bills) or not important (catching the most recent episode of a TV series).

But the parent is right. If you're depending on energy drinks more than once a month to make it through basic tasks then you need to get more rest. And that's the only solution. I personally avoid having any caffeine after lunch, as it usually stays in my system for a long time and I'd rather be tired and sleepy than tired and awake when bedtime rolls around.

Since nobody's posted it yet (2, Informative)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609066)

A lot of the choices are available Here! []

H2O (4, Insightful)

saskboy (600063) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609070)

Don't abuse your body. If you're too tired to stay awake, then go to sleep. Sleep deprivation is a form of torture [sorry, "information rending"], and it makes you a dangerous driver too. Drink water, it's good for you [if it doesn't have a lot of THMs] and it will keep hangovers away. It will also keep you up if you have to go pee.

Unless you're trying to stay up to entertain a woman [or man if you're a woman I guess], then staying up really late using drugs just isn't worth it.

Awww Mom, (2, Funny)

hazman (642790) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609142)

Why do you always have to embarrass me in front of my friends?

Re:Awww Mom, (2)

saskboy (600063) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609283)

If more Moms had done their jobs, I wouldn't have to be lecturing you and the hordes looking to poison themselves for minimal gains in life.

Golden Power (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609081)

Golden Power tastes the same as Redbull, but has the advantage that you don't pay for a brand.

Guess I'm weird =( (1)

Brakki (680772) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609099)

I've tried lots of energy drinks, but none really seem to give me energy. I can drink Bawls, Red Bull, Monster, Sobe, etc and still fall asleep =/ Although I am addicted to Red Bull's taste. I drink it like Coke.

Iced Tea / Lemonaid (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Monkey (795756) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609103)

1/2 strong iced tea 1/2 lemonade (preferably with made with honey, not white sugar). I drink it because it tastes good, but I discovered it makes a great energy drink.

I didn't even think about this until one time at work I bought one for a coworker that moonlighted as a teacher at the fire academy. The next day he said he was running circles around his cadets, and he said the only thing he did different was to drink 32oz of what he called my "monkey brew." He started drinking one every afternoon before he went to teach and swore it was the best energy drink he ever had.

Re:Iced Tea / Lemonaid (1)

Kesch (943326) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609309)

This sounds intersting (and tasty). How do you prepare the iced tea and lemonade? From your post I think it's safe to infer that you squeeze your own lemons (best way there is). The question is do you also boil your own tea?

Re:Iced Tea / Lemonaid (1)

daeley (126313) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609469)

From your post I think it's safe to infer that you squeeze your own lemons (best way there is).

Yeah, but if you squeeze your own lemons too much, you go blind!

Er, or so I've heard.

Now, where the hell is that submit button...

Re:Iced Tea / Lemonaid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609461)

It's the honey. One of nature's most interesting foods.

monikers (1)

ForCripeSake (932432) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609539)

The universal name for .5 lemonade and .5 iced tea is an Arnold Palmer. So much so that you can pick up a bottled Arnold Palmer at the local 7/11's in my neighborhood. It was the drink of choice of the golf pro, Arnold Palmer.

V all the way.... (1)

Johnno74 (252399) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609137)

V (aka vitalize) originally came from New Zealand, but I know you can get it in the UK and Australia now too. It has caffine and gurana, and it gives you a really nice kick. I don't know any sales figures, but walking down the street you see more people with V than with coke, or anything else.

You can get V Black now, which has a yummy cola taste, and double the taurine. Gives you a real kick. []

Re:V all the way.... (1)

Verne (249617) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609624)

V outsells coke and pepsi in dairies and service stations. Pepsi NZ was actually bought out by frucor a few years ago.

I can't stand black V, it almost has a slight coffee type taste. Sugar free V is my favourite at the moment.

Personally though, I've given up a V addiction many times..

Enter my cube (5, Interesting)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609140)

Current count is 30 different energy drink cans on display in my cube, from an ongoing sampling of every kind I can get my hands on.

- Venom: best tasting of the bunch, actual flavor balancing quasi-bitter with sweet (but not sickly sweet).
- Amp: essentially "Distilled Mountain Dew", good flavor with strongest keep-awake effect I've found.
- Source Burn: a fine general energy drink with a few vitamins.
- Monster Khaos: actually contains 70% juice, tastes good.

Of note:
- Avoid the 16 oz. cans; they tend to have more "stuff" than some bodies can comfortably handle. Von Dutch has the strongest unpleasant aftereffect feeling (tastes pretty good though).
- RockStar is reportedly made by the/a son of Michael Savage (nutrition expert and political pundit) claiming it's the best balance of "energy" ingredients.
- Red Bull is the standard to measure all others against.

So far my collection includes in no particular order:
Large cans:
- Raw Energy Fuel
- Extreme Energy Shot
- Lost
- Von Dutch
- Rooster Booster
- Horse Power
- Hansen's Energy Delux
- Full Throttle
- Monster
- Monster Khaos
- Monster Assault
- Rip It
- FirePowerEX
Small cans (preferred size):
- Crunk
- Donkey Kick
- Rush
- Amp
- Rooster Booster
- Hansen's Energy
- ROX (Austrian)
- Red Bull
- RockStar
- Hair of the Dog
- Source Burn
- Diablo (Canadian)
- Sobe Adrenaline Rush
- Liquid Z
- Glaceau SmartWater

SmartWater is actually the best: just water, distilled & selected electrolytes - just what your body ACTUALLY needs.

Distilled Mountain Dew? (2, Interesting)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609269)

When I was helping my dad with his on-site telecom jobs, sometimes I'd be able to use the soda fountains there.

Well, at this one site, they had mountain dew, but the CO2 and water weren't hooked up. Mmm....Mountain Dew syrup. That was a buzz.

OT (1)

Control Group (105494) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609366)

This ID created purely to suppress JonKatz's articles.

Had that .sig a while, have you?

Water! (1)

andawyr (212118) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609168)

I don't drink coffee, I drink the occassional tea, and very little pop (or soda). I do drink 7-11 Slurpees....but I also drink lots of milk and water.

I've never had the need to drink some sort of stimulant to stay awake. Even in university when assignment deadlines were looming, I wouldn't bother drinking anything to stay awake - I knew I had to stay awake, so I did. I've always had the ability to stay awake (and alert, within reason) when I've needed to. It's a useful talent!

I do remember one guy in U that popped a bunch of caffine pills during an all-night assignment work session. He didn't feel them do anything, so he took a bunch more. Still didn't feel anything, so he took more....well, when they did finally kick in, I don't think I've ever seen someome look as 'manic' as he did for the next day. Talk about bug-eyed.....

High Fructose Corn Syrup (1)

Absolut187 (816431) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609173)

Check the label:
The second ingredient (after water) is usually "High Fructose Corn Syrup" in most of these so-called energy drinks.
Sure, raising your blood sugar gives you a temporary boost, but it doesn't last very long.

I recommend plain old coffee to stay awake and productive.
Coffee has recently been shown to have some beneficial health effects, and enhances brain activity, although it does cause withdrawl symptoms. Turns out its best in small doses throughout the day: []

It's all sugar water (1)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609192)

Rockstar, Red Bull, Monster, Hansen's, Jolt, Red Jak, Lost, Sobe, Bawls, Amp, MDX, the list goes on

I'm sure these drinks may be fun to drink once in a while, but don't fool yourself-- most of these "energy drinks" are pretty much the same thing --- sugar water with varying levels of caffine. There are other ingredients for taste. Sometimes they have ginsing, ginko-biloba, or some other herb-of-the day as an extra stimulant, but largely the herbs are there for show, and that extra energy boost is from the sugar-- and it's A LOT of sugar.

If you drink these things because you feel tired all the time, it's probably because you're drinking too much sugar and aren't getting enough sleep.

I've had to cut out pretty much all soda and other high-sugar drinks out of my diet-- they give me energy for about 30 minutes, and then I crash. It was a riot during parties... "Drink soda. Talk talk talk. Crash. Need to go home." Not to mention the teeth rot.

My favorite energy drink? A good night's rest. Second favorite energy drink? Coffee, no sugar.

My choices... (1)

psykocrime (61037) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609198)

not "energy drinks" per se, but I like these to keep me going for all night coding sessions:

1) Coffee - use Millstone Foglifter or Columbian Supremo beans

2) Cherry Vanilla Coke

3) Tropicana Twister - various flavors

4) plain old h20

Of the actual "energy drink" brands, I like the taste of the Monster stuff, but I rarely drink 'em.

Energy drinks made me feel crap (1)

hattig (47930) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609202)

They were good for a short-term boost, but in the long term they made me much more tired. Never mind the times I tried Pro Plus to get more revision time... the only thing red bull and similar drinks are good for is as a mix with vodka.

These days I eat reasonably healthily, I do drink caffeine, but only a couple of cups a day (usually tea) apart from when mixing coke with alcohol :) I subscribe to the 'everything is okay, or even good in moderation' school of thought, rather than the 'abstinence is best' hookum.

I have a reasonable amount of water, or decent squash, every day. Often I have a pint of milk.

Better to have a decent breakfast with slow release energy at the beginning of the day than to snack on food and energy drinks throughout the day. A bowl of porridge is a lot cheaper too. Shame I get up too late to actually make use of this wisdom.

Similarly, exercise is good for you, if you find the time for it. Gyms are boring as hell though, so try running or team sports... hell make your garden neater or repaint the house.

Why energy drinks? modafinil (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609221)

Why would you need energy drinks? You underweight or something? Drink some body building protein shakes then.

If you want to stay awake, then so far modafinil appears to work for many people. But I'm not sure of the side effects. Use at your own risk.

Japanese green tea keeps me awake (too well sometimes), and it doesn't seem to be causing significant premature deaths among the Japanese.

Do note that not getting enough sleep is hazardous to your health.

Try sleep! (1)

stinerman (812158) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609223)

I find that plenty of sleep helps keep me up.

But seriously, I had serious problems waking up in the morning until I decided to give up caffeine. After a few days of headaches, I found that I didn't have as much problems with my energy. I've read that using caffeine to keep awake ends up hurting in the long-run. For me, it seemed to be true (but who knows due to a large number of variables), so it mightn't hurt fo you to try.

Elements (1)

still-a-geek (653160) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609232)

My favorite is Elements (I think it's by Snapple). It's not carbonated (which I believe kills the overall experience of an energy drink) and not as sweet as the others like Red Bull or Monster. Since I'm a lightweight (130 lbs), a half-bottle of this stuff will send me flying for the next 4 - 6 hours. If I only want a quick pick-me-up, say for an hour or two, I'll just water it down.

Starbuck's Doubleshot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609257)

Nobody will see this, but I heartily recommend Starbuck's Doubleshot.

That shit is crack.

Slow releasing energy is the key (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609261)

If you want to stay constantly awake and avoid the ups and downs then you need to eat less refined food. The refined food gets digested fast and your body's blood sugar levels rocket then plummet shortly after making you feel tired.

Foods which are digested slower will keep your blood sugar more constant.

This is largely the basic of the Gi diet and I've tried it and it works.

Asian Red Bull and clones (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609287)

Thai Red Bull, Shark, M-150, it's all good.

Bull and Vodka (1)

dlm85 (148928) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609300)

I would go with Red Bull, Vodka and splash of OJ for recreation. There is nothing better than being energetic and drunk at the same time. Usually the Bull wears off first and then I am just really drunk trying to get my wife's friends to flash me.

For taste Bawls is the best and it does provide a good burst of energy.

I am still a diehard coffee drinker. There is nothing like starting a pot of coffee when everyone is the house is going to bed. That is quaility ME time.

Jack Bauer (2, Funny)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609302)

Jack Bauer urinates and produces Red Bull.
Sorry just still psyched about 24 being back on.

Re:Jack Bauer (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609423)

Really now.....and when he takes a crap people die?

I dunno, 24 is a little boring this season. The last 2 episodes were kind of...*yawn*

Re:Jack Bauer (1)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609562)

true, it has been different but i think the authors are trying to bring more humanity to the story this year. But i dont know about boring, i thought when Jack went nutty on Cummings with the knife made up for a clear lack of violence in some of the past episodes.

Better than Bawls for $25 (1)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609326)

These drinks remind me of the good old days in the late 90s rave scene. Parties often employed kiosks selling freshly blended energy drinks of varying capacities. The most popular vendors in Toronto were Liquid Ecstasy and Liquid Adreneline. These vendors, offering drinks ranging from $5 to $25, would blend legal stimulants (red bull, ephedra, caffeine, etc.) with fresh fruit. These smoothies were really delicious and invigorating, and would wake you up with the combination of the stimulants, natural sugar, coldness, and thickness (like a milkshake - they took 30 minutes to drink). It was also a lot easier to dance without all that cash weighing you down!

My Drink (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609360)

My drink of choice is Diet Pepsi with some Emer'gen C Raspberry mixed in. It's really good. Seriously!

Vodka with Caffine (1)

Ustice (788261) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609367)

The company that I work for has 2. There is a new product called G-Force that is made for bars, and will be on tap, and it is a competor for the ones mentioned above. Also there is the Van Gogh Double Espresso Double Caffine. Its a caffinated vodka, and it tastes really nice. Personally, I hate most energy drinks. They are just too sweet, and I don't like the taste of gensing. I mostly stick to soda/coffee.

You gotta mix it (1)

dr.harshaw (951008) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609368)

What I do if i need to keep awake is to take an AMP and mix it into a 32oz Lemon-Lime Gatorade and sip on it through the day or whatever (or a Red Bull and a Fruit Punch Gatorade, just a matter of taste and availability). It works well because all those energy drinks are full of B vitamins. B vitamins aid in the metabolization of carbohydrates, so by taking the energy drink full of B6 and B12 and mixing it in with the sugar laden Gatorade, you get a good even alertness throughout the day when you need it.

Slate on Energy Drinks... (1)

hhr (909621) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609381)

Slate had a half decent article on energy drinks. []

The writers favorite was Rockstar-- provides energy, doesn't taste that bad, no vitamin or caffeine headache.

It's ALL about the Beaver! (1)

ps3udonym (874835) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609405)

Beaver Buzz! Caffeine puts me to sleep so that doesn't work. The active ingredient is niacin, or vitamin B. Best stuff around. So go ahead, stuff that beaver!!

Drink Responsibly (1)

Mr_eX9 (800448) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609429)

That phrase you here in all the alcohol commercials could probably be applied to energy drinks, too.

Red Bull has actually been banned in several European countries because of stories such as the one where a man with a heart condition drank four cans of Red Bull, then went to play basketball and died (sorry, no link, this was a couple of years ago.) This wasn't the smartest thing the man could have done, but clearly, energy drinks aren't the sort of thing you want to depend on, because their effects on the body are not always beneficial.

Personally, I tend to rely on getting an adequate amount of sleep and eating 3 square meals a day to try to stay energized. Of course, swimming 6000 yards a day doesn't hurt my metabolism either. However, if I'm up late writing a paper for English or History, I'll take a Monster with me to school the next day. Monster is my favorite out of all of the energy drinks out there--it tastes more like a soda and lacks the bitter/medicine taste of some of the other energy drinks out there and it's got a lot of stuff in it that's actually good for you, like B anc C vitamins. Most importantly, you really get a kick out of it, and you can feel it.

I must say that Monster's 16oz serving size is a bit much though. Whenever I've chugged one in 5-10 minutes I've felt almost feverish from all of those nutrients going into my system all at once. I try to drink it over the course of an hour, preferably with a meal, so it doesn't hit my body all at once and kick me into overdrive and eventually into a complete energy crash later in the day. When I can, I split half of the can with somebody.

Bawls is a decent choice too. You get a small kick out of it because of the small serving size. As for the others--Red Bull, Sobe Adrenaline, Rockstar, Full Throttle, etc.--they all make me crash after two hours.

Energy drinks are great, but not as a primary means for survival. I don't drink them for the sake of drinking them, I only use them as pick-me-ups, which is usually once a week or less. Put your personal health and fitness first, and use energy drinks as a backup.

Best ever (1)

Odin_Tiger (585113) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609433)

I drink energy drinks all the time, and try new ones every chance I get. My verdict: Definitely 'Venom', though I can never seem to find it any more. The taste was incredible, with a bit of a bite to it. It always snapped me awake instantly, due to the taste. I drink a 24oz Rockstar just about every day now, but I think that the Jolt in the green can is pretty damned good too, thanks to the very mild taste, albeit a bit dangerous. Those lids will just -blow- off sometimes when you open them. Prolly something to do with elevation, as I'm at approx. 6800ft here. Coca-Cola's 'Full Throttle' is pretty good too, but a tad too sweet for me to drink regularly. Tastes like gummy worms, I swear...

Diet Rockstar (1)

mr micawber (803118) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609445)

I loved this stuff when I first tried it in CA, now they have it here in OH. Look for the large white can. Excess sugar brings me down, but I can handle the small sugared can of Redbull, which is OK. Monster has a diet version which peps me up just as well as the Rockstar, but has a strange floral taste. The Diet Rockstar is just very tangy. For me, not an evening drink though, they really work too well and interfere with sleep.

Emer'gen-C (1)

adenied (120700) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609455)

I don't know about energy, but if you're the typical geek who doesn't eat right, check out Emer'gen-C packets. I tend to mix the Strawberry with the Super Orange. Tastes pretty good too.

Strawberry: oducts.mdb,tbl=products,DB_code=107,DBCOMP=ABS,tem plate=/products/returntitle.htm []

Super Orange: oducts.mdb,tbl=products,DB_code=46,DBCOMP=ABS,temp late=/products/returntitle.htm []

Caffeine content? (1)

tgeller (10260) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609458)

I wish caffeine-containing drinks were forced by U.S. law to put their caffeine content on the package, so we as consumers could make intelligent choices.

in lieu of that, does anyone know a definitive place where one can find that information? Ideally it'd be a web page with a simple "Name / Serving size / mg Caffeine per serving" table.

Ups and downs (2, Interesting)

fungai (133594) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609489)

I have a 1 year old son (second one coming soon), a busy job and in the evenings study further part time. Needless to say I have to be wise about how I get and spend my energy. Although there's always room for improvement, I think I'm pretty happy with a couple of simple "tricks" I've learned through experimentation and time.

The so called energy drinks might give you a high for a short while but you'll be crashing down soon enough. I've recently switched my usual carb loaded lunch with a glass of whey protein. It is amazing how much more energy I have late afternoons, where I used to feel tired and peckish. Other than that, eat a high fibre breakfast cereal and a multivitamin in the mornings, a fresh, healthy dinner (no instant meals) early in the evenings (at least 3 hours before bed time).

And get regular excercise - even on a busy schedule, 30 minutes before or after work is not that much compared to how much you'll get back out of it!

What about Tab? (1)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609494)

Hey, you left out Coke's new product, Tab Energy [] !

It's as if millions of Y-chromosomes suddenly cried out in terror...

150 energy drink reviews (3, Interesting)

wastedbrains (588579) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609506)

If you google energy drink reviews my site comes up, whoopie something i can actually post about with knowledge on slashdot. energy drink reviews [] Which I have run for years and it reviews about 150 energy drinks. I have tried about 175 and my thoughts My favorites overall: Go Fast, Monster Khaos, Monster Assualt, Rockstar, redbull sugar free There are tons of horrible drinks out there... avoid ones that are just high in sugar if you want energy your looking for caffiene, taurine, b vitamins, and perhaps some of the other herbs... I would warn to avoid most of the powers or tablet based drinks which tend not to be as effective, and many of the redbull knock offs are very good and half the price, but you need to look around because I have tasted some drinks that are like goat urine. I liked the flavor of guarana based drinks like bawls, but have found them to not give you as much energy, they do seem however to have a smoother effect that doesnt have a sudden crash like many of the other drinks like redbull. I also like some of the more natural and harder to find drinks like gorilla juice which is like a pumped up lemonade, which tastes nothing like the overly sugar added drinks that many of the others go for. I have even got to do some fun consulting for some small energy drink companies and was written up in investors business daily for an interview about the energy drink market. (Hansens makers of monster has done very well in the stock market earning up 300%)
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